09-15-2010, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by bigrift
ok so in a earlier post i asked what i could add into my 55g tank with my (thought to be all male fish but guess not lol) 2 JD's 2 fire mouth's and 2 convics. well i was looking at my tank and thought hey it would be nice to add a background to my tank (i was thinking black construction paper) and to do this i would have to move the tank out from the wall . so i move the tank out a foot and a half from the wall and i looked inside this hole my convics dug out under one of the big base rocks and i see what at first looked like a mass of moveing poop. to my suprise its a few hundred at least fry with egg sacks and im not kidding on the number they are all over in that hole. so my question is now what do i do? i would like to grow a few out but i dont really want all of them. whens a good time to syphon them out of the tank? i know they will become free swimming and most likely get eaten in a few days but i dont know if i take them out now if it will stress both convics cause they are both very diligently protecting the fry (i had used my hand to move something in the tank and went near the hole without knowing of the fry and got attacked lol). any help will be apreciated and ill see if i can get a pic of them up to =D
Syphon out the fry ,and keep what you want. Believe you will perhaps have trouble with finding homes for the fry. Most folks are well aware of temperment of convicts ,along with their prolific re-production capabilities and steer clear of these fish for those reason's. Can't give em away in most areas.
Might also keep an eye on the Dempsey's. Two adult male Dempsey's often =one dead Dempsey in all but the largest aquariums.